The following questions are provided by the folks at American Mensa, the High IQ Society. Can you provide the answers?

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1. A statement is written below in a simple substitution code. Decipher the code and find the statement.

20-8-5 20-23-15 12-9-20-20-12-5
19-23-9-19-19 2-15-25-19 19-23-5-18-22-5-4
20-8-5-9-18 20-23-15-19-5-1-20-5-18
2-9-11-5 23-9-20-8 13-15-20-8-5-18 15-14
20-8-5 8-1-14-4-12-5-2-1-18-19 1-14-4
23-5-14-20 1-18-15-21-14-4 20-8-5
3-21-18-22-5. “15-8 12-15-15-11, 8-1-14-19,
14-15 13-1,” 19-1-9-4 15-14-5.

2. In a go-kart race, Cindy was neither first nor last. Rose came in after Cindy. Jean beat Roger. Roger beat Beth. Cindy beat Beth but not Roger. Who was last?

3. George went to the store to buy supplies. He spent half of the original amount plus $8 for pens, half of what was left plus $2 for paper and half of what was left and $1 for a clipboard, leaving him with $4. How much did he start with?

4. Make your way from ARMY to NAVY in nine steps, changing one letter at a time to make a good English word at each step.

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5. Which is larger: the number of inches in a mile or the number of weeks in 1,200 years?

6. How many common English words can you make from the letters below, using all six letters once in each word? What are the words?


Bonus Question: When the mother of the ­palindrome twins wanted to call them, she would shout:

“Come here, O_ _ _ and B_ _, 
and bring P_ _. I need him too.”

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Quiz © 2012 by Dr. Abbie F. Salny and American Mensa from the Mensa Page-A-Day Calendar (Workman Publishing). Dr. Abbie F. Salny was the supervisory psychologist for American Mensa and Mensa International for more than 25 years.